by Michael J. Shapiro | November 14, 2016

Last week was an important one for the future developments of San Diego, with mixed results for their prospective proponents.

First, Measures C and D, both of which involved a new stadium/convention center proposal, lost badly at the ballot box, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. They received support from 43 percent and 40 percent of voters, respectively, both short of the two-thirds approval required. 

The NFL's San Diego Chargers ownership campaigned heavily for Measure C, controversial in part because the team developed the plan without consulting city leaders. The team could end up relocating as a result of the measure's failure; no decisions will be made until after the football season ends, according to the team owner. There remains the possibility the team could pursue other stadium construction proposals in San Diego. 

While voters rejected those plans, the San Diego Unified Port District unanimously approved a $1.2 billion project, dubbed Seaport San Diego, to redevelop Seaport Village. As reported in the Union-Tribune, that project would include a 480-foot observation tower; three hotels, among them a 500-room Virgin Hotel, a 350-room Yotel and a 225-room Freehand hostel; a partially underground aquarium with a rooftop garden; 30 acres of new park space, beach and promenades; and upgraded commercial fleet and yacht facilities.

That project, led by development team 1HWY1, could break ground in 2020 and be completed in phases over the following five years, according to the Union-Tribune. That said, the project still requires a green light from the California Coastal Commission and must pass a number of other steps, among them a study of potential earthquake faults.

As for the convention center, the San Diego Convention Center Corp. has long pushed for an expansion that did not include the stadium proposal rejected by the voters last week. "To grow tourism in San Diego, it is critical that we invest in an on-site expansion of the convention center so that we don't continue to lose important conventions or risk losing Comic-Con International," reads a joint statement from the San Diego Convention Center Corp., the San Diego Tourism Authority and the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association. "We look forward to working with the city of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District on moving our tourism economy forward in a way that maximizes tax revenue for the city while meeting the needs of our customers."